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Making Of 'Keep the Streets Empty'

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Color Correction and Light Source

I wasn't happy with the barrier on the door and the poster so I decided to paint over them. I wanted the scene to feel like it was at night so I shaded the whole image using the Level Correction tool. To imply that the scene is light by some street lights I added two big diagonal shadows on the top of the images. I created a new layer, drew in the shape with the Selection tool and filled the selection with a dark brownish tone. The layer was then set to Multiply and the Opacity was set to roundabout 45 - 50%. For a three-dimensional feeling I selected the shadow area on the inner side of the window and moved it downwards a bit. I used the color balance adjustment to shift the greenish tones to blue (Fig.10).

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Fig. 10


Second Creature and Refining

After a short break from this image I decided to add a second creature, which, in my opinion, added a lot to the eerie feeling. I duplicated the first creature (another good reason to keep some elements on a separate layer) and moved it to the lower area of the image. To make sure that the second creature didn't look like a copy I used the Liquify tool and Transformation tools to create a new body shape. By using the Eraser tool I got rid of the unnecessary elements and painted in some new shapes like the arm and the smoky body (Fig.11).

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Fig. 11

Final Details and Color Grading

Now the image was close to finished. I created a new layer and started to paint in some bright highlights on the creatures. For the eyes I created a second layer, which was set to Add. I used a Soft Round brush twice the size of the eyes with a pretty bright value and painted in the glow of the eyes. To get the right look you could play around with the opacity of the layer. I used a custom cloud brush to paint in the foggy bodies. To add more of an atmosphere to the painting I created a new layer and painted in some fog using a cloud brush. Last but not least, I used the Color Balance tool for subtle color shifting. Finally I added Soft Light layers with a red and green tone to add warmth and contrast (Fig.12).

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Fig. 12

To see more by Markus Lovadina, check out Beginner's Guide to Digital Painting in Photoshop: Characters
Digital Painting Techniques: Volume 5
Digital Painting Techniques: Volume 6
Digital Painting Techniques: Volume 7
and Prime - The Definitive Digital Art Collection



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